LiM WG Newsletter 5 – June 2022

Dear members of the Labour in Mining – Working Group. 


We warmly welcome you to LiM’s Fifth Newsletter. For those of you who have recently joined the group, this is a monthly update on the activities of the WG and the most relevant events, publications, and conferences in the field of mining history selected by the coordinators.

Take a look and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to extend the outreach of our community! 


There are some news we would like to share with you at this point:

  • We are actively working to publish a selection of papers discussed in the 3rd ELHN 2019 Conference in Amsterdam. Our request for a Special Issue to AREAS-Revista Internacional de ciencias sociales, was accepted. We are finalising  papers for publication in the next few weeks.
  • LiM-WG is co-organising an interdisciplinary conference on “ The Future of deindustrialization” that will take place next October in Bologna (Italy). LiM Coordination Francesca Sanna represents our group in the scientific committee. Find the CFP on our blog. The program will be soon released !
  • LiM is co-organising the summer course “Patrimonio minero. Memoria y recurso para el desarrollo local” in Cuevas de Almanzora (Spain). July 13-15. Find more information here (english version).
  • We would like to highlight an online Summer School about “Historia del trabajo: nuevos enfoques en Europa y Latinoamérica.” July 11-13, with many contributions by some of our WG members. You find here the complete program and other information. Deadline for registration, July 4.
  • We would also like to draw your attention on the session “New Approaches to Global Mining History : the social effects of ore extraction” in the next WEHC2022 in Paris (July 25-29), co-organised by LiM coordinator José Joaquin Garcia Gomez and LiM former coordinator Leda Papastefanaki.
  • LiM former coordinator Miguel Pérez de Perceval Verde organises a session “Los núcleos mineros. proletarización, relaciones laborales, salarios y condiciones de vida” in the International Conference of the Asociación Española de Historia Económica (AEHE), Bilbao, 30 august- 2 september 2022

New members

The most valuable resources of this network are its members. We would like to welcome those who have recently joined LiM:

Iva Peša, Assistant Professor in Contemporary History at Groningen University, specialized in the history of the African copperbelt, she is actually developing a new research project which explores the environmental history of oil drilling in the Niger Delta, the copper mining in Zambia, and the gold mining in South Africa (Johannesburg) from a comparative perspective. 

Barbara Watts, PhD student at University of Limerick. She is working on Celtic immigrant coal miners in Alberta, Canada 1880-1920. Her research interests focus on demography, labour history in Alberta, and immigrant experience.

Steven Van Bockstael, Assistant Professor at University of Groningen. He works on artisanal and small-scale mining and African politics and development. He is also interested in armed conflict, civil war, peacebuilding, and humanitarian interventions. 

Marion Henry, Affiliated Researcher to the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, specialised in coal mining history of the 20th century and working-class culture, she recently defended her PhD thesis “Every village would have a band”: Building Community with Music. A Social and Cultural History of Brass bands in British Coalfields, 1947-84”. Discover her contribution to the series the Young Mining Historians’ Corner

Peter Alabán, Doctor in History, specialised in the social history of the industrial areas in the north-east of Hungary (20th and 21st century). His doctoral thesis is available open access. His research interests cover post-industrialization, deprivation, and social change in former mining colonies after 1990.

Limin Teh, University Lecturer in Modern Chinese History at Leiden University. Specialised in global labour history, modern chinese history and japanese imperialism. She is interested in the labor process and hierarchies of mining workplaces, and the daily life of mine workers. She is also interested in technological innovations and safety improvements in mining.

Sonia Salsi, Independent Researcher. Coordinator of the project Minatori di Memorie. She is interested in the Italian migration in belgian coalfields, biographies and narratives, and oral history.

Welcome!! You can see the complete member list for more information on the working group!

Blog updates 

Interview with Professor Victor Seow (Harvard University), author of “Carbon Technocracy. Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (Chicago University Press, 2021”

The interview will be published in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and keep an eye on the blog….


In the meantime, take a look at the previous interview with Duncan Money on his recent book “White Mineworkers on Zambia’s Copperbelt, 1926-1974 (Brill, 2021).


The Young Mining Historians Corner – new issues!

The Young Mining Historians’ Corner offers early career research the possibility to share insights of their own research with the LiM members. It therefore seeks contribution from ECRs whose work intersects with mining history broadly constructed.


Three new issues have been published:

#4: Mines in Northern Greece, 1912-1940 (PhD Thesis) by D. Iordanidou 

#5: A study of sound and voice during coal miners’ strikes, Northern France, (1833-1884) by A. Quièvre

#6: Organising musical practices in mining brass bands (1947-84) by M. Henry


Previous issues:

#1: Opening 

#2: Junior mining occupations in 19th century British coalfields by G. Solomon

#3: Food in mining : some notes from Mediterranean cases by F. Sanna


CFP: The series is open to accept contributions from WG members and external ECRs. If you are interested in participating, contact us to You find all the infos here 

Article’s Selection

Every three months a selection of articles related to mining history and other disciplines.

Latest issues:

#11: Winter 2021 

#12: Spring 2022 

#13: Summer 2022

Books’ Selection 2022 : Suggestions !

Books’ selection is our annual list of interesting books published in the previous year, related to Mining History and similar disciplines. Discover the selection of Books about mining history published in 2020-2021 !


Some interesting books have already been published in 2022. Find our selection in the blog “Publication” section.

> Authors are invited to notify their publications in order to be highlighted.


Newly Published:

Margaret Lindsay Faull, Commemorating Coal Mining Worldwide. International museums, heritage centres and sites related to coal mining, BAR Publishing, 2022.


Ivano dal Prete, On the Edge of Eternity. The Antiquity of the Earth in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Oxford University Press, 2022.


Database of databases in mining history

New entries: 

  • Many photos of mining sites from Italian Geographic society (Japan, Australia, Ireland). En exemple below: Takashima (Nagasaki) mine 1907-1908

> Discover the complete database here


Podcasts and Videos 

Call for Papers

Deindustrialization and Reindustrialization Re-Connected. Comparing Developments in the Global South and the Global North from the 1970s to the Present Day, Vienna, May 31-June 3 2023, deadline September 15


Health and Work in the Early Modern World, 1500-1750s ca.

Venezia, Ca Foscari University, 20-21 September. Call for papers (extended): 25 June. 

Grants and Prizes

SSLH Bursaries for postgraduate-level research

Mining history Agenda

Go to the complete agenda  

Coming soon



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The LiM-WG wishes you a good time until the next Newsletter!


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